Feeling Good in the Neighbourhood
If you plan on visiting Calgary in the near future or anytime really, be sure to check out one of the best-kept secrets around, the Mission District area of town. This historic quarter, quietly nestled within verdant foliage on the bank of the Elbow River, should be on everyone’s must-see list.
Moreover, if you are considering making a move to Calgary, you’ll find this former French Canadian Settlement a wonderful mixture of residential-community and classic shopping at its best. This unique and quiet area (consisting of about 10 blocks) is one of Calgary’s most treasured areas.
The Present Meets the Past
Since its settling in the early 1900’s, the Mission District has seen a century of changes. No longer the sleepy little French-Canadian neighborhood of old, the Mission District is bustling with its renovated old pre-war homes, many transformed into unique retail shops replete with antique stores, boutique shopping, bakeries, and even a local brewery specializing in their own flavorful brand.
A ten-minute walk finds you downtown where even more stores, businesses and shops, all serve to create a bustling and exciting environment. More than the shops, homes and businesses however, it is the people and the culture that make the Mission District the family friendly area it has become.
While the area is ever evolving, according to Marilyn Williams, the heritage director of Mission-Cliff Bungalow, “Some of the old, original buildings still exist, such as the convent and the St. Mary’s Parish Hall,” says Williams. “And the area is also a cradle of Francophone culture.”
Take a leisurely stroll of the District and you will discover a plethora of wonderful and one-of-a-kind shops including restaurants, bakeries, gift shops and more.
Here are but few eateries you may wish to check out while there.
Fleur de sel is a must visit if you are looking to taste true French cuisine. This small but wonderful little bistro is quietly tucked away in the former Tivoli Theatre Building. Fleur offers great food coupled with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Yann Haute Patisserie offers customers authentic and delicious French pastry and more. From his delicious croissants to their practically famous sweet macarons (of which there are a dozen varieties), pastry chef Yann Blanchard puts his heart and soul into every sweet treat he creates.
Relax with a hot latte and enjoy sampling the goods in this special little French bakery.
Neal’s Yard Remedies sounds more like a landscaping company than it does an all-natural and organic shop specializing in health and beauty products for the skin and body, but that’s what it is.
The Mission District also plays host to special events each year including Jazz fests, arts and craft shows and many attractions unique to this special area.
You owe it to yourself to pay this quaint little area of Calgary a visit when you’re in town. It’s a great place to see and to live.